Visual Management, Multimatics, Diginovation
Dr. Agus Setiawan
Dr. Agus Setiawan

PhD Holder and result-oriented Director with 25 years experience with involvement in all levels of Business Strategy, Sales and Marketing, Managing Project and Product Development. Aside of managing a company, he is also the best corporate trainer and public speaker in seminar and conference.

Visual Management: Streamlining Your Business for Maximum Efficiency

Effectivity and efficiency in the workflow can be achieved when all processes and procedures are managed and communicated well. In order to conduct proper workflow management, the implementation of visual management can be used to identify normal and abnormal stages during the project. This method aids an organization in inspecting the workplace and addressing abnormalities for early detection and prevention, as well as safety improvement.

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In the lean context, visual management is a crucial tool that serves as the connection between information and people. To ensure that those who need to know have access to clarify prosess and ensure that all information required are accurate visual management use instinctive visual signals such as boards, tables, boxes, etc, to communicate the workflow.

Fundamentally, visual management is all about communication. Instinctive visual signals are used by effective visual management to provide important workplace information 'at a look'. Visual management can be used to convey any type of information, although it is most frequently used to display data related to expectations, performance, standards, and warnings. The important thing to note here is that by conveying this information graphically, it may be understood without further explanation. This means that whether or not the audience are familiar with the workplace, they should be able to quickly assess the state of the job, find my way around, or monitor how the team is doing in relation to its goals.

It is crucial to test all visual signals against the organization’s standard since all visual management should convey a clear message "at a glance," which implies using visual management in a way that all the important information in that workplace can be understood quickly.

Visual Management to Optimize Performance

The instictive visual signals are one benefit of using visual management. Several advantages are including Information is made simple to understand, operations are carried out as planned, avoid mistakes and errors earlie, improved safety, reduce misunderstanding, and increase employee engagement.

When utilized properly, visual management should convey information in a way that is rapid and simple to comprehend. In five seconds, we should be able to determine if we are winning or losing from five feet away. Red and green are frequently utilized as missed and accomplished targets, as well as up or down arrows.

A work/wait board is one kind of visual management that helps people quickly interpret information. The team can see what they are working on and what is upcoming thanks to this image. They can simply see the tasks they have finished as well. This may even lead to the elimination of some regular meetings as the team will have access to clear information.

4 Examples of Visual Management Tools:

  1. Project Board

    It is an agile project management tool where teams can visualise work, limit work in progress, and maximise resource to deliver a clear picture and objective for both short and long-term goals of the project.

  2. Continuous Improvement Board

    It displays short terms action about employee’s daily output and problem-solviing issues that can be done to resolve arising issues.

  3. Daily Management Board

    One of the more used board designs used to communicate between shifts and across departments in a simple and easy manner.

  4. 5S Control Board

    A 5S (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain) system shows tasks to complete as well as who is accountable for different areas of the workplace and different activities in the workplace.

With visual management, everyone can see how the team is doing and how their work is having an impact on results when visual management is used, which frequently makes employees feel more invested in their jobs. Employee performance improves and everyone benefits when information is clear and simple to understand.

Multimatics provides thorough training and certification programs in Digital Innovation Strategy that cover project management strategy, business enhancement, technology integration, visual management, and more to keep your company ahead of the competition.

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